BTEC Sport

Who is this qualification for?

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport is intended to be an Applied General qualification for post-16 learners wanting to continue their education through applied learning, and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the sports sector. The qualification is equivalent in size to three A Levels and has been designed as a full two-year programme.

What does this qualification cover?

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. Employers and professional bodies have also been involved and consulted to confirm that the content is appropriate and consistent with current practice for learners who may choose to enter employment directly in the sport sector.

The qualification provides the knowledge, understanding and skills that allow learners to gain experience of the sport sector that will prepare them for further study or training.

Learners will study mandatory units: • Unit1:AnatomyandPhysiology

  • Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being
  • Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry
  • Unit 4: Sports Leadership
  • Unit 7: Practical Sports Performance
  • Unit 8: Coaching for Performance
  • Unit 9: Research Methods in Sport
  • Unit 19: Development and Provision of Sport and Physical Activity
  • Unit 22: Investigating Business in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry
  • Unit 23: Skill Acquisition in Sport.

Learners will also choose six optional units that have been designed to support progression to the range of sector-related courses in higher education, and to link with relevant occupational areas.

What could this qualification lead to?

Learners who have completed this qualification in two years may progress to further learning at Level 3.

The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting, or contributing to, admission requirements for many relevant courses. Learners can progress to higher education on full degree single or combined courses, for example:

  • BA(Hons) in Sports Development and Management
  • BSc(Hons) in Sports Management
  • BSc(Hons) Sports Business Management
  • BSc(Hons) Sport and Leisure Management
  • BSc(Hons) Sports Science (Outdoor Activities)
  • BSc(Hons) in Exercise, Health and Fitness
  • BSc(Hons) in Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with the specific higher education providers.